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Lord Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 1DB
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Alice in Wonderland

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice’s journey couldn’t be filled with more adventure. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, this is a production to delight the entire family.

2 hours with interval

Please Note: No refunds or exchanges for this show

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Barbara Nice - Raffle

Join the Edinburgh Fringe’s favourite housewife Barbara Nice for an evening of proper good fun. Entrance price includes a complimentary raffle ticket!

Barbara Nice was all-conquering in her four-part BBC Radio 2 sitcom broadcast in March 2017.

Experience this critically acclaimed tip-top character comedy live – from ‘Phoenix Nights’ actress and comedian Janice Connolly. A playful life-affirming show for all the family including the chance to win a prize off Barbara’s table.

With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with this new show about chance and luck.

“the response from the crowd sheer, unquestioning joy “ ★★★★ – Bath Theatre

Mrs nice ★★★★★ Edinburgh Evening News

Ages: 14+

Barbara Nice Twitter

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

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Sat 7 Apr
Studio

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Big Blues Festival 2018

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We hope you can join us for our fourth annual Big Blues Festival this October, it promises to be a weekend of great music, great food, great ale and great fun as we celebrate what rock, rhythm and blues has to offer!

The line-up is as big as it is bold and presents music that is desperate to be heard, with headliners Dr Feelgood and Ian Siegal, it’s a weekend you really don’t want to miss!

Early Bird £40*

Saturday Ticket £35*

*There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. Please note: there are no refunds or exchanges on any type of festival tickets.

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Artists Include

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 Ian Siegal Dr Feelgood Sam Kelly’s Station House 
 Xander and the Peace Pirates Rebecca Downes Tom C Walker

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Little Blues Acoustic Stage

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The Little Blues Stage in the Foyer will return – line up to be announced!

Winner of 2017 Little Blues Acoustic Stage George ">At a Glance

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Friday 12 October

7.30pm – 8.15pm support -George ">Ticket Information

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Early Bird Festival tickets: £40

Festival Tickets : £48* (from end July)

There are a limited number of individual gig tickets available for each event. Please see specific event pages for more information.

For gigs taking place in the studio, there is unreserved seating. Tables and chairs are available on the lower level at a first come first serve basis, balcony seats are also available. Seat numbers selected when buying your tickets refers to the Theatre and two headline acts.

*Please note our booking fee is £1 per ticket for all purchases made online or by phone. There are times when our phone lines become very busy, you can purchase tickets for any of our shows online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Festival tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Bronwynne Brent

Bronwynne Brent

Contemporary folk and Americana singer-songwriter born and raised in the Mississippi Delta.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Burgess, Nicol & Kemp

The Studio venue will play host to three friends who are stars of folk-rock with a wealth of musical history under their belts.

*Paul Burgess *is a rock drummer best known as a member of hit-makers 10CC, and who has also played with classic bands Jethro Tull, Camel, Magna Carta and The Icicle Works.

*Ken Nicol *is one of the country’s leading guitarists and a singer/songwriter who has been a member of The Albion Band and Steeleye Span, as well as having a highly successful solo career.

*Rick Kemp *is the long-serving bass player with folk-rock legends Steeleye Span as well as being a guitarist, songwriter, singer and record producer in his own right.

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Ken Nicol said about the line-up

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“I played with Rick when we were both in Steeleye Span and some time ago I was talking with him about putting a band together to play our own music. He liked the idea of trying it as a three piece, which meant we had to decide who we wanted on drums. We figured that there was no-one we wanted more than Paul Burgess.”

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Carl Hutchinson Live

Uniquely stubborn, outright impractical and undeniably hilarious, Carl Hutchinson heads back to Southport for an evening of laughter following his hilarious support act for Chris Ramsey’s tour All Growed Up.

The Geordie comic has been crowned the Magners Pub Comedian of the Year and the winner of the Beat the Frog World Series competition. He also reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny? and been nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award.

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Watch Carl on The Chris Ramsey Show

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Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

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The Cavern Beatles

On February 9th 1961, The Beatles made the first of their 292 appearances at the now legendary Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool.

50 years on, The Cavern Beatles, a band fully endorsed and licensed by the same club will be coming to a venue near you with their remarkable show.

The show is a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop music phenomenon. Replicating, in both sight and sound, the excitement and energy of Beatlemania, the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper, and the creative masterpieces of The White Album and Abbey Road.

Four costume changes and lighting scenes compliment the changes in musical complexity as the show develops to it’s climax. The entire show is completely live with just the four musicians. There are absolutely no backing tracks or tapes used in the performance.

“Like a scene from A Hard Days Night – Amazing.” ***THE SUNDAY TIMES*

As ambassadors of “The most famous club in the world”, The Cavern Beatles bring to the stage the music that has now influenced 3 generations.

“The likenesses are striking – but the sound, the sound….this could, indeed be the Beatles.”***IRISH TIMES*

With their widespread appeal being more apparent than ever in the varying age groups that continue to follow the band, The Cavern Beatles are widely regarded as being as close to the real thing as they are ever likely to get.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

The Chris Bevington Organisation

In 2014 Chris Bevington realised a lifetimes ambition to record a Blues based album drawing on influences such as Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Walter Trout, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa. After months of hard work, the first album ‘ Chris Bevington and Friends’ was released to critical acclaim here in the UK, USA and globally. The album charted in the UK Blues charts on 4 occasions during 2014, 2015 & 2016 and in the USA Blues charts in 2015. The Album went on to receive fantastic reviews in Classic Rock, Blues in Britain and numerous Music and Radio organisations across the Blues and Rock world.

Album 2 followed in 2016 and the band included a host of Guest Musicians, Manfred Mann’s vocalist Robert Hart, 2017 Blues UK Award winning vocalist – Rebecca Downes, Chris Aldridge from The Climax Blues Band, Steve Overland from UK rock band FM and 10cc drummer Paul Burgess. Album 2 also charted in the UK Blues Charts 5 times and added to the 2016 Top 40 Playlist and also Airplay by Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. The current line-up of this highly popular nine-piece outfit features Jim Kirkpatrick from FM, plus the fabulous duo Vocals of Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller from Nearly Dan and the Vocal and Guitar talents of Scott Ralph. The band are also lucky to have a fantastic Brass section comprising of Adrian Gibson (Trumpet) and Mike Yorke (Sax) to complete the 9-piece line-up.

The Band will release Album 3 for 2018 and are really looking forward to playing tracks from it and we will also plan to record a Live DVD as part of the Album Launch so please be part of our very special evening.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Chris Ramsey Live 2018 (The just happy to get out of the house tour)

Critically acclaimed and award winning Stand Up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place; Chris Ramsey brings his BRAND NEW 2018 live tour to The Atkinson. It sold out last time so snap tickets up as soon as you can

“Ramsey has the potential to be a mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between” Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times

“Frighteningly talented… tearing up every stage he lands on” James Mullinger, GQ

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With support from Carl Hutchinson

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Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Connla

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See all four acts (January – April) for just £38 (your cart will automatically update)

The Club Night

7.30pm – The Grateful Fred Band 8pm – Support 8.30pm – Break/interval 9pm – Headline Act

After a blinding performance at Grateful Fred’s in 2016 and following sell-out appearances around Europe and further afield we are delighted to have managed to bring them back.

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry and are made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles).

Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.

Since the release of their EP in April 2015, and album “River Waiting” in July 2016 they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally. They have already gathered a big following in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA.

Songlines magazine made Connla their “must-see act” for the tour of the UK and said “A band this young shouldn’t be this good”.

Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.

To hear Connla in full flight is a sound and sight not to be missed.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said

Having been born in Canada, raised in South Africa and then moving to the UK, Chaponda is able to blend a world of cultural influences and observations in to his stand-up material, which saw him achieve third place Britain's Got Talent in 2017.

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Dave Spikey: Juggling on a Motorbike

Dave had been working in the NHS for 19 years as a Biomedical Scientist when in 1987 someone uttered the immortal words, “You’re really funny, you should be a comedian” and for some reason, he took them seriously!!

Months later he won the talent show Stairway to the Stars with a routine about a juggler on a motorbike.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his comedy career, Dave looks back on his journey from working class kid to Chief Biomedical Scientist to comedy performer / writer via Phoenix Nights, Eight out of Ten Cats, Bullseye, Dead Man Weds, Magnolia, The Royal Variety Show and Parkinson.

He often reflects that maybe none of this would have happened and he might still be looking down his microscope today if it wasn’t for the juggler on the motorbike!

What do you call a comedian with perfect comedy timing? ★★★★★ Public Reviews

“Not only a very funny accomplished comedian, but one of the finest raconteurs around” Time Out


Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom

David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom

An irreverent portrait of family life, memory, ageing, infidelity and gay cats.

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 17 Mar

£28.56

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children

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Kidsfest 2018!

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A new time of year but still the same amount of family fun! Kidsfest is now taking place in Feb half term – so get ready for a jam-packed week of adventures.

***Jay Foreman*** is an award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman’s UK/Ireland tour. Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Dr Feelgood

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6 gigs, 2 days, 1 venue

Early Bird £40*

Saturday Ticket £35*

*There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. Please note: there are no refunds or exchanges on any type of festival tickets.

Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.

Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Milk and Alcohol, Roxette, Back in the Night, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.

The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 29 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 23 years. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999 after the tragic death of Lee Brilleaux. The band continues to tour extensively throughout the World and enjoy a loyal following at home and abroad.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Elfair Grug

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Cake she is a Live Music Now! and Music in Hospitals artist, performing regularly around the UK. She also tours extensively with the CLOUDS Harp Quartet. Elfair completed her Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, after gaining her BMus degree at the conservatoire with first class honours in 2011 as an ABRSM Scholar.

Elfair is very grateful for the support of the ABRSM, RNCM, Musician’s Benevolent Fund, the Arts Council of Wales, the James Pantyfedwen Foundation and the Elizabeth Evans Trust who all supported her studies. Born in the heart of the Llŷn Peninsula, Elfair has enjoyed many successes at the Welsh Eisteddfodau and festivals.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

An Evening with Mark Stanway - Ex Magnum

Mark Stanway, formerly of British melodic rock band MAGNUM, embarks on a fresh chapter in his career as he takes to the UK’s stages during 2018 to share with audiences a lifetime of experiences within the music business in this unique “storyteller’s night” of music and conversation.

Join Mark as he reminisces about his long and colourful career in his jovial style, sharing tales from a career than has spanned over four decades as a touring and recording musician, performing with some of the music world’s biggest names. In addition to his lengthy association with Magnum, Mark has also played with legendary artists such as Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Roy Wood (Wizard/Move/ELO) and M3 Classic Whitesnake, amongst numerous others.

In 2015 Mark catalogued some of the interesting and often outrageously amusing anecdotes from the road and studio and published his first book Closeto the Mark. This stage show, which will be illustrated with a slide and video show featuring previously unseen material from Mark’s private archive, will delve deeper into Mark’s reservoir of entertaining stories collected over the years. There will also be a questions and answers session, a keyboard demonstration and impromptu playing that demonstrates Mark’s diversity as well as a memorabilia raffle. And the evening would of course not be complete without live performances of some of Mark’s best loved contributions to Magnum’s rich musical legacy.

Throughout his 36-year tenure as member of Magnum, Mark Stanway’s distinctive keyboard stylings were an integral part of the band’s sound. Between 1980 and 2016 Mark appeared on nineteen Magnum studio albums as well as numerous live and compilation releases, achieving high album and singles chart positions in both the UK and Europe.

Magnum also gained a reputation as one of hardest-working bands on the touring circuit, delighting audiences with concerts that were always captivating both musically and visually. This highly entertaining “up close and personal” one-man show is a definite “must see” not only for Magnum fans, but also for anyone with an interest in classic rock music and the inner workings of the music industry.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Feast of Fiddles

Feast of Fiddles is a musical extravaganza covering almost every genre and involving quite a few fiddles! It’s not just folk, it’s not just fiddles it’s an entertainment.

25 Years and still going strong and every friend and guest dragged along an immediate convert. If you love live music, come to the feast – you won’t be disappointed!

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Take a listen here

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“Absolutely awesome!”Sue Marchant, BBC East

“Crabtree pumps his melodeon as if powering his own heartbeat and every violinist fiddles frantically – impressive high energy stuff!”Manchester Confidential

“The best fiddle players of a generation” – fRoots

Feast of Fiddles website

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise

One of Britain’s leading one-liner comics returns to the road with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. A ***Mock The Week*** regular and recent star of the new ***Live At The Apollo* *series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should expect no different from this, his brand new tour for 2018. Please note Coolio will not be appearing. * ★★

★★★★ ‘A cavalcade of brilliantly inventive puns’ Guardian

★★★★ ‘More quality jokes in one hour than most comics have in their entire careers…Quite brilliant’ Scotsman

★★★★ ‘A master craftsman’ *Times *

★★★★ ‘One of Britain’s grandmasters of the one-liner’’ *Chortle *

Suitable for ages 16+

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Gretchen Peters with very Special Guest Kim Richey

8pm: Kim Richey

9pm: Gretchen Peters

For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,'” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.”

Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her “both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song “The Matador”, “moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet”, Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.

Her 2015 album, ‘Blackbirds’, debuted at #1 on the UK Country chart and in the top 40 UK pop chart, and was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year. In 2015, The Telegraph named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time. Her new album, as yet untitled, is due for release in May 2018.

“An Americana tour de force. Her time is definitely now.” – UK Sun

“One of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades… still equipped with the ability to stop clocks with a well-turned phrase.”***– Uncut (9/10 stars)*

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!

Curtain up! It’s show-time as actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP, QI, Have I Got News For You and Countdown star Gyles Brandreth returns with his new one-man show BREAK A LEG! – a celebration of all things theatrical. This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he’s known and the theatre stories that have made him laugh – and, occasionally, cry. Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wisdom, high drama, low comedy, and hilarious name-dropping.

Incredibly funny, wildly indiscreet – ***Daily Mail*

Very funny.’*** Sunday Times*

A dead-pan comic to rival Jack Dee.’ Daily Telegraph

Brilliant. A serious talent for making people laugh.* Daily Mirror*

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Hamilton Loomis

Hamilton Loomis returns to the UK in 2018 for another full tour and The Atkinson are lucky to have grabbed a night!

Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis is the son of musician parents who listened to blues, rock and soul. Music ran in his veins and, with instruments readily available around the house, he picked up drums, piano, guitar and harmonica, honing his multi-instrumental talent in addition to performing regularly as part of his family’s doo-wop group.

You better get out of the way ‘cuz he’s comin!’Bo Diddley

He goes to basics on his new album “BASICS”, which is his most personal and emotional effort to date. Gone are the double entendres for which Loomis is known; this time, his lyrics are direct, personal, and often autobiographical.

The “basics” theme runs through the entire CD, in its lyrics (“Prayer,” “Cloudy Day”), single-chord progressions (“Sugar Baby,” “Looking Into a Dream”), simple melodies (“Come and Get Me”), and stripped-down instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums (“Reason,” “Getting So Big”). Still, Loomis’s trademark deep-grooved funk and soulful blues-rock is definitely present.

I wanted this record to be more stripped-down. Even the CD jacket is black and white and pretty basic itself,” he says of the disc, which features songwriting collaborations with Grammy-award winning songwriter/ producer/bassist Tommy Sims, co-writer of Eric Clapton’s “Change the World.”

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Ian Siegal

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Big Blues Festival

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Early Bird £40*

Saturday Ticket £35*

*There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. Please note: there are no refunds or exchanges on any type of festival tickets.

Ian Siegal is the Saturday night headliner for our 2018 Big Blues Festival!

For 2018 blues supremo Ian Siegal tours a new album of original songs with his young band of ace musicians.

In more than a quarter century of touring Ian Siegal’s mission statement has barely changed: songs that are real, shows that resonate, vocals served raw. Today he is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

In 2018 he will be touring a new album, his first studio recording of new songs in six years. Produced by American Jimbo Mathus, it is classic Siegal: full of the dark and light, clever word play and rough-hewn voicebox he is known for. It also marks the first studio recording with the band he hooked up with in 2013. Frequent touring has evolved a distinctive sound featuring Dusty Ciggaar’s tex-mex infused guitar licks.

Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” He has taken his music to more than 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 11 British Blues Awards, four European Blues Awards, two Mojo Blues Albums Of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations – an unprecedented nod for a non-American.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Ímar

Glasgow’s hottest new folk property, five-piece Ímar have created more than a bit of a stir in little over a year since their formation.

The Irish and Manx flavoured quintet now present their debut album Afterlight. With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes – including the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles – the group’s formation embodies a personal reconnection with its members’ formative years, dating back long before their recent camaraderie around Glasgow’s justly celebrated session scene.

Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, however, centres on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language, and a similar, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions.

Ímar – Into the Light from Ímar on Vimeo.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

James Campbell: The Hilariously Funny World Of…

James Campbell: The Hilariously Funny World Of…

A stand-up comedy show for children over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

KidsFest 2018

New date same great week of family fun!

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Fun Events

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Jay Foreman’s Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children Monday 12 February, 2.30pm Ages 6+

Award winning musical comedian whose songs have been heard on BBC Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, The One Show, London Live TV and Dave Gorman’s UK/Ireland tour. Jay provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which is sure to be a sell- out!

Make, do and Bop with Our Kids Social Tuesday 13 February, 1.30pm Ages 4 – 10

Join us for guaranteed family fun as you can get creative with your nippers, before showing off your funky-feet and groovy-moves on the dancefloor.

Little Blue Monster Dogs Don’t Do Ballet Wednesday 14 February, 2.30pm Ages 3+

The funny tale of a little dog with a very big dream! Biff is not like other dogs. Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes.

Valentine’s Day Mini photo-shoot Diana Celine Photography Wednesday 14 February, free 11am-3pm

They will have a range of “love”ly props to help capture some special photographs just for you. Diana Celine Photography will send a digital image for sharing (with a small logo) and a free link to the online gallery to view all the pictures from your mini session.

James Campbell:The Hilarious Funny World of…

Thursday 15 February, 2.30pm Ages 6+

A stand-up comedy show for children , their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Hold onto your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy!

Lyngo Theatre

Tom Thumb Friday 16 February, 2.30pm Ages 3+ Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table this wee wonder of a show is full of Lyngo magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest with CBeebies Patrick Lynch.

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Free Activities

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Make It!

Monday 12 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 17 February, 11am -3pm All Ages

Get creative with a fun activity! Create and make your own fun animal mask inspired by our Why Look at Animals? exhibition.

Hands On! Tuesday 13 February, 11am – 1pm (subject to availability) All Ages

Get hands on with museum artefacts from our collections.

Arty Aprons Every day, 11am – 3pm (subject to availability) Ages 3+

Explore the galleries with handy tools.

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Library

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Story & Rhyme Time Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 February, 10.30am – 11.30am Thursday 15 February, 2pm – 3pm Ages 0 – 4

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Museum

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Discover Ancient Egypt Permanent Free admission, donations welcome

Not seen for over 40 years, our stunning Egyptology Gallery takes visitors on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. The museum is split into four themes of ritual, everyday life, beauty and communication. Within each of these themes there is a host of objects that give a sense of what life as an ancient Egypt would have been like.

Between Land and Sea – 10,000 years of Sefton’s Coast Permanent Free admission, donations welcome

Between Land and Sea tells the story of the many people who have lived and worked along our coast. Explore the history of the Sefton coast from prehistoric times to the present day showcasing the development of Sefton’s tourist towns of Southport and Birkdale, the outstanding natural habitats from Marshside to Formby Point and the major industrial port of Bootle.

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Exhibitions

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Why Look at Animals? Until Saturday 10 March 2018 Free admission, donations welcome

Looking at the ever changing relationship we have with animals – from pets and zoo creatures to food sources.

Adventures in Egypt – Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers Until Saturday 10 March 2018 Free admission, donations welcome

A unique exhibition combining objects from Mrs Goodison’s collection with masterpieces from UK and international collections.

Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today Saturday 13 January to Saturday 10 March 2018 Free admission, donations welcome Focusing on modern and contemporary American printmaking, this exhibition features nine key works from the British Museum’s print collection*. *

General Building Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Museum & Exhibitions Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

The Library is open but not staffed after 2pm on Saturdays or at any time on Sundays. There is no access to the public network computers during this time. Lending items can be borrowed via the self service.

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

A swinging non-stop mix of 40s Kansas City jazz and blues.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Ladies Of The Blues

A night of blues from Connie Lush, Erja Lyytinen and Kyla Brox.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Laugh Out Loud April 2018

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Acts: Keith Carter as ‘Nige’ Dave Williams Josh Pugh

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Failed singer/musician and doomed to a life of temping, Keith Carter is now a professional character comedian, actor and writer. His seventh comedy gig was as a finalist for the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2001, since then he has traveled throughout the world, supporting many top comics such as Ricky Gervais and Johnny Vegas and has won several awards including Liverpool Echo Comedian of the Year in 2003 and North West Breakthrough Comedian of the Year in 2005. Capital of Culture judge, Sir Jeremy Isaacs was quoted in the news as saying, ‘He helped Liverpool win the bid,’ after seeing Carter’s comic creation and Liverpool cult hero, ‘Nige’ perform at the cultural bid show for the judges.

Dave Williams has been a full-time comedian since 1998 and is booked for both compering and sets by a wide range of bookers and venues including the Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Rawhide (Liverpool), Frog and Bucket (Manchester), Hyena (Newcastle).He has performed overseas in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Australia, including a week headlining the Sydney Comedy Store. He has also performed in Cyprus for soldiers returning from Afghanistan.In 1998 and 1999 Dave took solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, performing Caffeine * “a fantastic Fringe debut” (The List) and *Coffee with Dave Williams *at the Gilded Balloon. He performed an updated café themed show, *24 Hour Latte People, at the Manchester Comedy Festival in 2007

*Josh Pugh *started his stand up career in May 2014 when he exploded onto the scene by winning a gong show in his first ever gig.

Since then Josh has continued to follow that explosion up with a series of sustained artillery attacks in the form of open spots around the west midlands as he does this with a confident and clever writing style that takes you off on glorious tangents.

The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club offers a raucous evening of entertainment and brings the best live stand-up to Southport! Comedians off the telly and from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Shooting Stars, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, QI amongst others. In addition to TV regulars, there’ll be comics on the brink of stardom. Previously we’ve booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time.Your MC is Damion Larkin, renowned for being a spontaneous and lovable host. All line ups are subject to change, but don’t worry, we’ll only replace them with someone twice as funny.

Come on…have a laugh with us!

“Fantastic venue, we went to the laugh out loud comedy gig last night. We were not at all disappointed, crying with laughter. We would recommend this night out to anyone” – Chris, audience member

Tickets: £15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket plus booking fee. Booking fee is £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales. (Season tickets run from Jan – April / May – Aug / Sep – Dec)

Groups of 10+ get tickets for just £10 each. Available via the box office on 01704 533 333

All Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club nights start from* 8pm*, doors open 7.30pm (don’t forget to grab a drink at the bar!)

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

Live material from famous faces from TV panel shows and other comedy roadshows.

Sat 3 Mar

£16.50

Sat 7 Apr

£16.50

Sat 5 May

£16.50

Laugh Out Loud Feb 2018

Acts Steve Gribben Mike Newall Matt Stellingwerf

Steve Gribbin is a diminutive guitar-wielding satirist from Liverpool whose scabrous comedy songs and off the wall observations have made him one of the firm favourites of the comedy circuit.

His original comedy songs combine razor sharp lyrics with tunes that put their foot in the door of your mind and refuse to leave. Firmly based in rock ‘n’ roll and refusing to pull no punches, these are not the ‘oh so witty’ ditties of penguin-suited plink plonk piano playing posh gobs. They are that rarity – comedy songs which are actually funny.

Forget Russell Brand, Mancunian Mike Newall is regarded by many as having the best hair in the UK comedy scene with a throwback to Oasis in 1990 he’s one for the ladies and the gents too. As a result many are now calling him ‘The Real Magic Mike’. Fortunately he’s also one of the country’s most consistently reliable comedy storytellers and proud possessor of a breezy, casual style that’s the envy of many of his contemporaries. Frankly we’ve never seen a comedian so laid back and yet packing so much comedic power. Swiss clock timing and that certain knack for a sharp turn of phrase means he is living proof that you can’t learn to be funny, it’s a gift and he has it by the bucket load. Manchester has had more than its fair share of comedy heritage over the years, he is without doubt the latest smooth talking, globetrotting Manc export and could even go on to become the greatest. Mike has that rare knack of being like the boy the next door but with huge star quality. He’s like your best, most humorous friend – only funnier!

Matt Stellingwerf *has come an impressively long way in a short amount of time. He is the newest rising star on the UK comedy scene, having dominated the comedy stages of New Zealand for the last five years. Highly regarded by his peers, Matt has won four *NZ Comedy Guild Awards, including Best Newcomer, the much coveted Billy T Award, and been nominated for several others.

The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club offers a raucous evening of entertainment and brings the best live stand-up to Southport! Comedians off the telly and from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Shooting Stars, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, QI amongst others. In addition to TV regulars, there’ll be comics on the brink of stardom. Previously we’ve booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time.Your MC is Damion Larkin, renowned for being a spontaneous and lovable host. All line ups are subject to change, but don’t worry, we’ll only replace them with someone twice as funny.

Come on…have a laugh with us!

“Fantastic venue, we went to the laugh out loud comedy gig last night. We were not at all disappointed, crying with laughter. We would recommend this night out to anyone” – Chris, audience member

Tickets: £15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket plus booking fee. Booking fee is £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales. (Season tickets run from Jan – April / May – Aug / Sep – Dec)

Groups of 10+ get tickets for just £10 each. Available via the box office on 01704 533 333

All Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club nights start from* 8pm*, doors open 7.30pm (don’t forget to grab a drink at the bar!)

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Laugh Out Loud Jan 2018

Acts:

Rob Rouse Carey Marx Simon Lomas

The mighty Rob Rouse a tremendously gifted act and award winning act. Since winning Channel 4’s prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition at the Edinburgh Festival in 1998 (previously won by Peter Kay, Dylan Moran and Lee Mack) Rob has gone on to be one of most sought after comedians in the country. With a plethora of TV credits including Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Friday Night Project ITV’s Celebrity Juice (with Keith Lemon), BBC3’s Comedy Shuffle with Rob Rouse and most recently seen on Dave’s One Night Stand.

This is a rare chance to see an outstandingly gifted comedian outside of his national tour. His much in demand and hyperactive brand of humour is simply not to be missed.

Carey Marx is a massive hit with audiences mixing his own blend of dark humour with his mischievous and gleeful delivery and has an ability to find joy in the most unexpected places.

His hilarious mix of edgy topics and playful gagsmithery means he’s in demand including an extended run in the Middle East, Australia, Canada and then coming home to be the compere of choice at Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury Festivals.

He has an ability to find joy in the most unexpected places.

*Simon Lomas *is a stand-up comedian from Manchester who currently performs on the North West comedy circuit. He has done more than two hundred gigs and has had the pleasure of performing alongside such acts as Bobby Mair, Phil Wang, Patrick Monahan and Justin Moorhouse and in October he supported Simon Munnery on the Manchester date of his 2016 tour.

The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club offers a raucous evening of entertainment and brings the best live stand-up to Southport! Comedians off the telly and from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Shooting Stars, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, QI amongst others. In addition to TV regulars, there’ll be comics on the brink of stardom. Previously we’ve booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time.Your MC is Damion Larkin, renowned for being a spontaneous and lovable host. All line ups are subject to change, but don’t worry, we’ll only replace them with someone twice as funny.

Come on…have a laugh with us!

“Fantastic venue, we went to the laugh out loud comedy gig last night. We were not at all disappointed, crying with laughter. We would recommend this night out to anyone” – Chris, audience member

Tickets: £15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket plus booking fee. Booking fee is £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales. (Season tickets run from Jan – April / May – Aug / Sep – Dec)

Groups of 10+ get tickets for just £10 each. Available via the box office on 01704 533 333

All Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club nights start from* 8pm*, doors open 7.30pm (don’t forget to grab a drink at the bar!)

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Laugh Out Loud March 2018

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Paul Pirie Peter Brush Gareth Richards

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*Paul Pirie *began his stand-up career after giving up acting to pursue the funny man that lies within, quickly establishing himself on the Scottish comedy circuit as long ago as 2004. It should be pointed out that at the time he was living with his Gran, having given away the keys to his flat in a pub quiz. Since this time Paul’s career has encompassed TV, Film and Radio alongside his burgeoning skill as a stand-up with Paul emerging as one of the biggest Scottish acts on the UK comedy circuit.Paul has since had a consecutive succession of sell out shows at The Glasgow Comedy Festival and joined esteemed popular comedy-improv group Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! (also featuring Raymond Mearns), and has helped with the development of the group. In 2006 ‘The Boys’ caught the attention of BBC Radio who recorded the show at the Glasgow Comedy Festival and since then, Dance Monkey Boy, Dance! have gone on to work under the watchful eye of the BBC to develop regular radio shows.

A highly distinctive performer and deft writer of finely crafted jokes, Peter Brush unassumingly takes the stage with his slight bespectacled frame and scruffy hair, before consummately conquering it with an arsenal of razor sharp quirky one-liners and peerlessly original routines, all delivered in an amusingly awkward fashion.

Gareth Richards’ hilarious stand-up, silly jokes and gorgeously low-key comedy songs have made him an instant favourite on the comedy circuit.

He has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Electric (BBC3) and in January performed live on Radio 1 on two separate occasions. Gareth has also co-hosted Frank Skinner’s Sony award-winning Absolute Radio show for two years and supported Frank on his 2014 tour. In 2010 he was nominated for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer.

“A delightful hour of comedy” The Guardian

“Clever craftsman with a big future” Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard

“An effortlessly assured act… exceptionally inspired and truly memorable.” Chortle

The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club offers a raucous evening of entertainment and brings the best live stand-up to Southport! Comedians off the telly and from such shows as BBC2’s Mock The Week, Shooting Stars, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, QI amongst others. In addition to TV regulars, there’ll be comics on the brink of stardom. Previously we’ve booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time.Your MC is Damion Larkin, renowned for being a spontaneous and lovable host. All line ups are subject to change, but don’t worry, we’ll only replace them with someone twice as funny.

Come on…have a laugh with us!

“Fantastic venue, we went to the laugh out loud comedy gig last night. We were not at all disappointed, crying with laughter. We would recommend this night out to anyone” – Chris, audience member

Tickets: £15 / £17.50 doors / £40 season ticket plus booking fee. Booking fee is £1 per ticket online/phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales. (Season tickets run from Jan – April / May – Aug / Sep – Dec)

Groups of 10+ get tickets for just £10 each. Available via the box office on 01704 533 333

All Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club nights start from* 8pm*, doors open 7.30pm (don’t forget to grab a drink at the bar!)

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Limehouse Lizzy

Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Phil Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy well and truly alive. The band have added a tribute to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore into their show. From winning their official PRS award, TV appearances and being recruited to record and tour with members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy are back with their most explosive show and critically acclaimed line-up yet.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Marcus Bonfanti

From the first note of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” sixteen year old Marcus Bonfanti knew he wanted to be a guitar player.

After spending his youth as a trumpet player in brass bands, working 12 hours day in a kitchen to buy his first guitar, dropping out of a prestigious Music College and touring the world with different artists for almost 10 years as a session player Bonfanti has become the sum of all the great music he was exposed to as a young boy growing up in North London. Since releasing his first full length album in 2008 his solo career has gone from strength to strength and seen him tour with and open shows for Robert Cray, Chuck Berry, Shuggie Otis, Philip Sayce, Jack Bruce, The Straits, Beth Hart, John Mayall, Beth Rowley and JJ Grey.

He also fronts The Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion;a monthly residency held at London’s prestigious venue and has worked as a sideman for PP Arnold, Ginger Baker, Earl Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, Robbie Macintosh, Hamish Stuart, Mark Feltham, Eric Burdon and Buddy Whittington.

In 2014 Marcus was asked to join and front legendary British Rock & Roll band “Ten Years After” and will be touring and recording with them alongside his own solo career.

“Marcus Bonfanti deserves to become the next British Blues Guitar Hero” – The Guardian

“As if Jimmy Page had been reborn as Seasick Steve. Utterly spellbinding” – The Times

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang: Kinabalu

Phil Wang, son of the British Empire, muses on the realities of being a British East Asian in his laid back style.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Fri 9 Mar
Studio

£13 (£11; Children £11)

Red Tail Ring

Red Tail Ring

Michigan-based band featuring new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues themes.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Rob Newman: Total Eclipse of Descartes

The comedian and novelist, author of the book and Radio Four show Neuropolis, wonders whether – in a world gone crazy – philosophy can help.

Sat 3 Mar
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 7 Apr
Studio

Prices to be confirmed

Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys

Honey & The Bear – 7.30pm-8pm

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – 8.30pm

He has recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, but 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years!

He spent his childhood listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever’ has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years.

With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Sam in the full band line up for 2017 are Ciaran Algar (fiddle, tenor guitar, bouzouki), Jamie Francis (banjo), Toby Shaer (flutes, pipes, whistles, fiddle, cittern), Graham Coe (cello), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (percussion). Together, they are Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.

The band is working on a brand new album for 2018 with two concert tours and a festival season to promote. With an intoxicating mix of youthful exuberance and instrumental virtuosity, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys breathe new life into traditional music, letting it rub shoulders with contemporary originals and even the occasional surprise rock cover. Chosen by Cambridge Folk Festival as the pick of the 2016 event, they have quickly become one of the most in-demand bands on the UK festival scene.

Expect to hear haunting harmonies, soaring tunes and melodies, charming anecdotes and instrumental performances of the highest calibre, all led by Sam’s unmistakable vocals. This is not a show to be missed.

“Sam Kelly … I just love. What a beautiful singer. He has that really rare male voice, that soft-edged tone, you know those beautiful tenor voices of the 30’s and 40’s…it really draws you in. Sam’s absolutely great, he’s going to go places.” Kate Rusby (on the ‘next big thing’ in fRoots magazine)

“Really fabulous stuff” Mark Radcliffe

“A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously…Check him out!” Sean Lakeman

“The Lost Boys is an outstanding debut album.” Bright Young Folk

“This is the album that the folk world has been awaiting… The Lost Boys is going to be huge.” Folking.com

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Sam Kelly's Station House

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#BigBlues Festival

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6 gigs, 2 days, 1 venue

Early Bird £40*

Saturday Ticket £35*

*There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. Please note: there are no refunds or exchanges on any type of festival tickets.

Sam Kelly has been in the business more than 40 years . His “Station House” band has been featuring on the U.K. music scene for many years.

Originating from London’s “Station Tavern” in the early nineties, Station House was formed from the concept of an all-black blues band, mixing instinctive funk/soul rhythms with the diversity of the blues. Founder members Sam Kelly, TJ Johnson and Dave Clark were joined by lead singer, Root Jackson. The Band held a monthly residency at the Station Tavern for more than a decade.

The Line-Up: Sam Kelly (drums/bvs), Paul Jobson (MD/keys/vocals), Richard Sadler (bass), Tony Qunta (guitar/vocals) and Jerome Marcus (percussion/bvs). In 2016, a third “lead singer”, Rowena Poole, joined Sam Kelly’s Station House and this format continues to work at venues and festivals all over Europe/UK.

Sam Kelly’s Station House is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few. The band’s unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk. With three ‘lead’ singers supported by percussionist and internationally acclaimed drummer, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues.

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Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Season to Dance

Southport Dance Academy present their latest show starring the talented pupils of The Southport Dance Academy.

Show Times : Sat 3 March, 7.30pm

Sun 4 March, 2.30pm

Sat 3 Mar

£11 (£8)

Sun 4 Mar

£11 (£8)

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four

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Friday 19 October 7.30pm

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by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Adapted for the Stage by Nick Lane

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”

In Autumn 2018, Blackeyed Theatre are back with a brand new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s epic second Sherlock Holmes novel, The Sign of Four.

Named one of The Hundred Definitive Novels in English by The Guardian in 2014 (at number 26), The Sign of Four has everything you’d want for a breath-taking piece of theatre; adventure, romance, comedy and of course one or two rather brilliant deductions!

When Mary Morstan arrives at 221B, Baker Street to request help with the mystery of her missing father, Holmes takes the case and together with his companion Dr Watson swiftly unravels a ripping yarn involving murder, plots and stolen jewels.

Don’t miss the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four. Original music, stylish theatricality and engaging story-telling combine for an unforgettable theatrical experience.

Recommended for age 11+

Running time: Approx 120 minutes (including interval)

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Simon Evans: Genius

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted.

The world seems increasingly indifferent to true genius of any kind, let alone Evans’. Endlessly distracted by the trivial, we allow the classical tools of grammar, logic and rhetoric to lie unregarded in the shed of consciousness, rusting to a picturesque hue that would actually look really great on Instagram. But which filter? Hmmm…

‘Super-sharp wit’ (Time Out).

‘Please clap’ (Jeb Bush).

‘A masterclass in socio-political comedy…The Show is called Genius. It comes very close’ ★★★★★ The Scotsman

Ages 14+

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Stick in the Wheel

Stick in the Wheel

Multi-award winning young five-piece folk band from London.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers' arrangements blend the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Walk Like a Man

Walk Like a Man takes you back in time on a musical journey through the incredible career of ***Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons***.

Now immortalised in the multi-award winning show ***Jersey Boys, ***which has been packing theatres worldwide since it’s debut in 2005***. ***Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the airwaves for more than two decades with classics such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, December 63 (Oh What A Night), Bye Bye Baby, Who Loves You *and many, many more.*

With a repertoire which needs no introduction, this show combines infectious personalities, amazing vocals, slick harmonies and even slicker dance moves to deliver a show full of energy and nostalgia which will leave you wanting more! Don’t miss the ultimate celebration of one of the world’s greatest Rock & Roll bands!

Handshake website

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Wind in the Willows

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Performances 3pm & 6pm

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Join us on an exciting adventure along the riverbank with a brand new staging of Kenneth Grahame’s family classic ‘The Wind In The Willows.’ !

Meet all your favourite characters including loyal Mole, faithful Ratty and wise old Badger as they do their best to keep the mischievous Mr Toad out of trouble. Will they be able to stop the Wicked Weasel from taking over Toad Hall?!

This exciting and playful take on the tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family!

The images are from a previous production of the show – new actors will feature.

*Please note: There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets.

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Xander and the Peace Pirates

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#BigBlues Festival

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6 gigs, 2 days, 1 venue

Early Bird £40*

Saturday Ticket £35*

*There is a booking fee of £1 per ticket online/phone. Please note: there are no refunds or exchanges on any type of festival tickets.

Xander and the Peace Pirates are a testament to musical integrity and personal strength. Combining soul, blues and rock, their pervasive blend of inspired song writing and memorable performances has already seen them enrapture audiences from around the world.

Brothers Keith and Stu Xander were discovered on YouTube by Gibson Brands CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, and during their subsequent performances for the company at numerous international events from LA to Dubai, the band caught the attention of not just an ever-growing collective of fans but also industry legends such as Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones) and Rick Allen (Def Leppard).

Defying all expectations, lead singer and guitarist Keith Xander was born without a right arm below the elbow and plays guitar using a prosthesis and hook with a pick attached at the end. Although many who have seen Keith play believe him to be an extraordinary guitarist despite of his falsely perceived ‘disability’, he is a virtuoso musician in his own right and his playing rivals the best in the industry.

The band established themselves as a live-performance juggernaut after concluding their 5-year tenure as the resident band at Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club pub and going on to support the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Temperance Movement, ex-Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden and Bon Jovi to name a few.

2016 saw the band release their debut album, titled ‘11:11’, on V2 Benelux Records, recorded at the world-famous Wisseloord studios in Hilversum, just outside of Amsterdam, mixed and mastered by Ronald Prent and Darcy Proper respectively. The album has gone on to receive rave reviews from Classic Rock, Planet Rock and from BBC Radio’s Bob Harris, who has subsequently invited the band to record 2 sessions for his ‘Under the Apple Tree’ YouTube series.

With haunting riffs, ingenious melodies, and a uniquely infectious charisma, Xander and the Peace Pirates continue to share their musical passion to standing ovations, while spreading a universal message of peace, love and harmony. December 10th sees the band return to their spiritual musical home, The Cavern!

“The novelty of frontman Keith Xander’s guitar approach – he lodges a plectrum in the hook of his prosthetic arm – is soon overshadowed by this band’s convincing splice of soul, blues and country. 4 stars” – Henry Yates, Classic Rock UK

“Xander and the Peace Pirates have done a number of concerts with us in Germany now and it has been a musical and personal pleasure to work with them. They are really very unusual but most importantly, they are very good.” – Manfred Mann

“Very cool. The guy plays and sings great! Hard to believe these guys are from the UK. I like it!” – Steve Lukather (TOTO)

Xander and the Peace Pirates

Fri 2 Mar
Studio

£10

Founded by William Atkinson in the late 1800s. the Atkinson has been open in its current format, since May 2013. The venue comprises a theatre, studio, cafe, shop, exhibition spaces, library and a museum.

The Atkinson is dedicated to providing a good-quality programme of events ranging from permanent and temporary displays, to community events, and aim to work closely with their audience to continue to bring what they want to see.

Southport train station is three minutes away and there are three accessible park and ride services as well as a number of on and off-road car parking facilities.

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